(TOPEKA) KSNT News – Starting November, there’s a special application for people who struggle to stay warm over the winter months called the Cold Weather Rule. It was first designed by the Kansas Corporation Commission in 1983 to ensure that service providers are prohibited to shut down the power on anyone who can’t afford their energy bill. The rule takes effect 48 hours after the national weather service predicts that the temperature will drop below 35 degrees. But just because you might be ensured for the winter doesn’t mean you’re not off the hook.
The Kansas Corporate Commission says that customers have to agree to pay one-twelfth of the overdue amount on their bill as well as any connection or disconnection fees.
“That’s exactly one of the challenges with the rule,” says Westar Energy’s Gina Penzig. “Sometimes if a customer doesn’t make payments through that winter period and just continues to let balances build up, then they get to spring and the weather rule has ended and they have a large balance.”
The rule ends on March 31.2